by Staff Writers
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Sep 22, 2015
An analysis carried out by JRC scientists shows that the uncertainty in measurement of power generation from a photovoltaic (PV) cell can be more than halved, thus bringing an economic benefit to both manufacturers and investors.
With the annual world PV production exceeding 40 GW in 2014 and a market value of over euro 25bn, this is good news for customers, utilities, the production industry and future R and D efforts in the field of renewable energy.
The results have been published in the paper Reduction of uncertainties for photovoltaic reference cells, released in time for the annual European Photovoltaic Solar Research Conference and Exhibition, held from 14 to 18 September in Hamburg, Germany
In simple terms photovoltaic solar panels are bought and sold on the basis of their maximum power output. Manufacturers include a margin on this value to allow for small variations in manufacturing and measurement. The possibility to tighten this margin (typically few percent) brings an economic benefit to them and to investors.
On the R and D side, reducing uncertainty increases the possibility to clearly identify the impact of new materials and processes. For these measurements both industry and the photovoltaics research community rely on a calibration chain ultimately traceable to the SI (Systeme International d'Unites) irradiance scale.
For instance the JRC has traditionally calibrated its primary reference devices against the instrument group maintained at the world radiometric centre (WRC) in Davos, Switzerland.
Recent updates to the world radiometric reference values to take account of improved instrumentation prompted scientists at the JRC's European Solar Testing Installation (ESTI) labs to re-analyse the data of their five primary reference cells (highly stable crystalline silicon devices).
Using a rigorous analysis of the uncertainties resulted in the more accurate assignment of calibration values. The uncertainty of 0.23% is a factor of two below that of any single method.
The unique ESTI reference cell set made this possible, drawing from its 20 years of calibration history, well controlled maintenance and regular stability checks, as well as collaboration with the world leading solar reference laboratories in Japan, USA and Europe.
The results open the way to cheaper and faster calibration of secondary reference devices for industry and research to the same level or even lower uncertainty.
European Commission Joint Research Centre
All About Solar Energy at SolarDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|